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Founders’ Day

Founders’ Day, February 17, is when we celebrate the legacy and work of our founders —Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Selena Sloan Butler — to improve the lives of all children and families. 

Celebrating 125 Years of Advocating for Children, 1897-2022

Founders’ Day is a time to reflect and take pride in our achievements, and renew our commitment to be:

  • a powerful voice for all children;
  • a relevant resource for parents; and
  • a strong advocate for public education.

This year we are celebrating 125 years of working on behalf of children and families. Our history informs our work. But Today’s PTA is vibrant and active and includes a network of millions of families, students, teachers and community members advocating for all children, youth and families.


Governor Newsom celebrates PTA’s 125th anniversary during the 2022 California State PTA Convention with a message acknowledging the positive impact our California PTA’s have had through their dedication and work to improve the lives of all children and families.

Resources for Your PTA

Celebrate PTA’s Founders’ Day with graphics highlighting some of PTA’s advocacy accomplishments. Download and use these on your social media accounts, in newsletters or in event materials: School Safety, Kindergarten, Family Engagement, Arts in Education, Community Concerns, Child Labor Laws, Mental Health, Justice, Health, School Lunch, Inclusion, and Education Funding.

Learn More: In 2017, PTA celebrated 120 years of advocacy. Although this webinar below may be a little old, it offers great information that can be used year after year.